Student Safety


On behalf of the Public Safety Department, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Zanzibar City College. We want to assure you that we will continuously work around the clock to maintain a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike. We believe that safety is a shared responsibility and ask that you join us in making our campuses, as well as our local communities, a safe and pleasant place to learn, live, and work

Mission Statement

The mission of the Zanzibar City College Public Safety Department is to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. The success of this mission is based on relationships built on respect, understanding, and cooperation. It is through these fundamental principles that we are able to achieve and support a positive educational experience for our students.

Evacuation Guidelines

Notification to evacuate a building will be made by means of the fire alarm, public address systems, hand held public address horns, telephones, word of mouth or any other means that may be available at that time. In the event of a fire, Zanzibar City College employees, students and visitors are required to evacuate the building. In non-fire emergencies, a decision to evacuate will be based on the scenario. Consideration will be given to the specific threat (explosion, hazardous material incident etc.), its context (time of day, its likelihood etc.) and the recommendation of public safety officials.

When the order is given to evacuate a building for any reason, the procedure is basically the same. Occupants are instructed to follow life safety survival skills, not to use elevators and to evacuate by way of the nearest safe stairway.

They are instructed to exit the building and proceed to a pre-designated Emergency Assembly Area. If a decision is made not to evacuate, the Emergency Management Team members will have the responsibility to pass the word throughout the building or the entire location.

Crimes Against Property

Purse / Backpack / Tote Bag Protections

  • Never carry anything you can't afford to lose.
  • Carry your purse across the front of your body, with your forearm across the front of the purse and your elbow held tightly against your side.
  • Carry your keys, wallet, or other valuables in pockets in your clothes.
  • Carry minimum amounts of cash and credit cards. Keep a record of all of your card numbers.
  • Don't leave your purse on the seat of your car or out in the open in a vehicle.
  • Keep zippers and flaps secured on backpacks. Do not store wallets and valuables in the backpack.
  • Carry totes that zip or have secure flap closures. Do not carry an open tote.

Electronic Equipment

  • Electronic equipment has become an integral part of the student's personal property inventory and some items are crucial to their academic success. Document and engrave all personal property and equipment.
  • Registration helps to deter theft and aid in returning recovered property. On the registration form, you will list descriptions of valuable items, serial numbers, and owner engravings.
  • Secure your property within your residence. Lock your door even if you're only leaving for a short while.

Textbook Theft

In recent years, students around the country have been a target for thieves who steal textbooks and sell them. They may also be in search of other valuables students leave in their book bags. Here are some steps you can take to prevent this:

  • Always put your name in your book.
  • Avoid leaving books unattended in the library, coffee shops, and on the racks by the dining halls.

Protecting Your Vehicle

Vehicles in parking lots always present a target for thieves. Here are some steps you can take to diminish the chance that your car will be broken into or stolen:

  • Lock your car whenever it is unattended, both on and off campus.
  • If you live off campus, make every attempt to park your car off the street. If this isn't possible, park in a well-lit area.
  • Use a steering wheel lock when your car is parked. While these devices can be defeated, a thief may decide it's not worth the effort.